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England Captain Supports DfES Beat Bullying Campaign

Yesterday, England Football Captain David Beckham joined School Minister Stephen Twigg in support of the end of the joint BBC Radio 1/Department for Education and Skills Beat Bullying campaign. They presented the millionth Beat Bullying campaign wristband to 13 year old Jess Sparrow, a lifelong Manchester United fan.

The campaign, spearheaded by Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, was launched in November and gained support from celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Osborne, Kelly Holmes and Bono. The original 100,000 blue campaign wristbands which had been earmarked for the three-month long campaign were allocated within just 36 hours of its launch in November.

It’s a great honour to be asked to present this millionth Beat Bullying band. Bullying is something we all have responsibility to stamp out,” commented Beckham. The Government has invested approximately £220 million each year to tackle bullying and all forms of bad behaviour in schools. These measures include active anti-bullying policies in every school, an Anti-Bullying Alliance of children’s charities to provide schools and LEAs with helps to tackle bullying and a £75 million package of dedicated training, expert consultants and practical strategies available to all secondary schools to tackle bullying and all forms of bad behaviour.

Rounding out the campaign, Schools Minister Stephen Twigg commented on the overwhelming response from young people. “By making this stand, young people have shown their determination to stand by their friends and beat bullying in schools,” said Twigg.

For more information on Beat Bullying, go to: Beat Bullying

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